Reasonable ideals in dental education would seem to be defined by those standards as yet unattained and not yet in practical working, but which are admittedly possible and desirable in the estimation of the leading dental teachers, practitioners and examiners of this and foreign countries as expressed and promulgated by them personally and in the councils of the great national and international organizations. In no other country in the world is dentistry esteemed so truly a separate and distinct science and profession as in the United States of America.
Most of our schools are independent of and free from domination by the medical profession and medical schools, which is a condition not at all to be found in the schools of Europe, where our beloved profession is held as a mechanical art tacked onto a background of medical didactics.
Every enthusiastic lover of his profession probably has formed an ideal
CHITTENDEN CC. IS THE REALIZATION OF REASONABLE IDEALS IN DENTAL EDUCATION NEAR AT HAND?. JAMA. 1903;XL(23):1560–1563. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490230010002d